Artist Statement: Cadaques is cold and windy in winter, but the bars are cosy and friendly. The good thing about this painting was that I could sit and do the watercolour sketch for it in peace. I saw almost nobody from 7 to 9pm. At around 8pm the full moon was almost like daylight. I hope to see that sketch again one day.
The people of Cadaques were always very good to me.and supported my work. They saw how much I loved to paint their village. It’s always great to see a piece of work that you had forgotten about. Especially if it surprises you when you enter a house in Cadaques. -Phil Clarke.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 100 cms
CHG Director's Statement: From world renowned, high society artist Phil Clarke - who calls Salvador Dali a friend - comes this exciting new selection of surreal art. Just take Dali and Warhol, then add Robert Rauschenberg, and stir… VOILA! You’ve got the brilliant surreal-ness of Phil Clarke.
Allan Hogan, Introduction: Phil Clarke always has an entertaining and whimsical insight into the human condition. His creative and technical skills enable him to focus on the chaos of change in modern society and magically transform his subjects into new visions – a wry look at what’s happening right now.
The title of his latest exhibition is “Beyond Realism”, and very quickly Phil’s respect and admiration for the work of Salvador Dali is obvious. That’s not surprising, given that Phil lived for ten years in the Spanish village of Cadaques where Dali and his wife Gala entertained a passing parade of artists and hippies.
This is Phil’s first exhibition for eight years in his home town of Sydney, and it seems to me that these are paintings for the Ages. They’re not the product of the latest fashion in art. These are sensitive and compassionate images about love and war and people, and the world around us. Continue reading here.
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